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Powell Funeral Home keeps pace with change

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / June 05, 2014



A time-honored tradition of personal service and compassion continues at Powell Funeral Home in South Boston.

The family-owned funeral home, which has been serving Halifax County and its surrounding communities since 1925, also has new services. Powell’s Funeral Home now offers a variety of choices for funeral and cremation arrangements.

Powell’s started with three brothers, before the family business grew and expanded. Now, Powell’s has long featured a central location in downtown South Boston, with Les Powell III serving as president and Robert P. Powell as vice president.

Powell’s Funeral Home continues to stress its consistently high level of service and professionalism to the community. While justifiably proud of its heritage of service to the community, Powell Funeral Home offers an even higher level of commitment for its client base.

Powell’s now offers cremation on site, a relatively new feature across Southside Virginia.

Les Powell III said cremation is becoming more popular.

“We were having our cremations done in Danville. Our cremation volume has grown to a point where building our own crematorium was the right thing to do.”

Some families elect to be present during their loved ones’ cremation services, and this option is also available.

Powell pointed out that the funeral home has elected to make this service locally to the clients that prefer this option. Cremation services can be more economical from a financial point of view.

This option can be more convenient for extended families who might find it necessary to delay a funeral. This might be particularly true for military families that may have loved ones serving overseas, where funerals can be delayed indefinitely in order to accommodate more challenging personal schedules. With cremation, families are not restricted to the traditional time constraints for burial services.

There’s another outstanding new service being featured at Powell Funeral Home. Webcasting is now an option, and this will be particularly helpful for larger, extended familiies or for clients who might not be able to return to the community for a relative’s service.

The webcast service is available from the chapel at Powell’s Funeral Service. The webcast is available via computer hookups all over the world.

This is more evidence of how the staff at Powell Funeral Home has evolved from three locations in Halifax County to one central venue, at 1603 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston.

The business began around 1925 in the Rodden community, with the first generation selling caskets from a general store. Walter Powell also bought the J.S. Owen Funeral Home in Volens and brought that facility into the family business. And there was the Powell Funeral Home located in Halifax.

Three brothers - Sam, Leslie and Walter Powell - had three locations.

Around 1953, the facility in Halifax merged with the South Boston location in downtown South Boston, and then in the mid-1970s, the Volens location was absorbed into the South Boston facility.

Now, the funeral business has earned widespread respect around the community for first rate service and the kind of personal touch needed in times of greatest need.

“Technology changes daily, and we try to keep pace with technological changes. We also realize that funeral customs continually evolve, and we know that we have a commitment to adapt with them,” said Powell.

For more information, you may call 434-572-4911 or visit the website, http://www.powellfunerals.com.

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